We see cohousing as a way of group living with friendly, cooperative neighbours who look out for each other and provide support when needed. The aim is promote neighbourliness, combat isolation and offer mutual support for individuals to be able to live independently for as long as possible.
Within the site, each individual owns their private, self contained bungalow or flat, with their own outside space.
Shared facilities will include the social hub where the fully equipped kitchen can be used for preparing & sharing meals, the lounge for watching TV & films together, the games room for gentle ativities such as yoga or pilates, bridge or table tennis. If residents choose, space might be made available for mobile services such as hairdressers, chiropodists, district nurses etc
Additionally there will be guest bedrooms upstairs for residents guests.
Residents at Glebe Meadow will manage their community and organise activities as they wish. Everyone will have the opportunity to share in the life of the group and contribute in whatever ways they can. The balance between community sharing and individual privacy will need to be carefully managed.
The idea is for people to 'look out for' and not 'look after' their neighbours. If and when individuals need permanent care that is beyond neighbourliness, then professional support will need to be arranged by the individual. We expect the design of the bungalows to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the residents to a large extent, and if an individual can be looked after professionally within their home this should be a good place to be.
We hope that car sharing will become commonplace and if and when resources allow, a minibus might be purchased to transport residents to shops and activities outside Westleton.
Further information about cohousing:
The UK Cohousing Network - www.cohousing.org.uk
Landscaping can provide focal point of developments, which may otherwise lack cohesion; provision of green spaces, opportunities for gardening and external covered spaces are key to establishing sense of community.
Glebe Meadow is a Community Interest Company established to buy the former Vicarage in the heart of Westleton and convert it into the social hub for a new development of 20 modern, age appropriate homes for locals aged at least 65.